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Heavy Weather (1995)

At Blandings Castle, the Earl of Emsworth only cares about his prize pig 'The Empress' and is wilfully ignorant of the fact that his brother is planning to publish a book which might ruin ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Gold

Writers:

Douglas Livingstone (screenplay), P.G. Wodehouse (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Parfitt ... Lady Constance Keeble
Roy Hudd ... Beach
Richard Briers ... The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
Peter O'Toole ... Clarence, Earl of Emsworth
David Bamber ... P. Frobisher Pilbeam
Matthew Byam Shaw Matthew Byam Shaw ... Hugo Carmody
Bryan Pringle ... Pirbright
Rebecca Lacey ... Sue Brown
Benjamin Soames Benjamin Soames ... Ronnie Fish
Richard Johnson ... Lord Tilbury
Denyse Alexander Denyse Alexander ... Miss Gutteridge
Samuel West ... 'Monty' Bodkin
Ronald Fraser ... Sir Gregory Parsloe
Tony Spooner Tony Spooner ... Sir Gregory's Pig Man
James Horne James Horne ... Voules
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At Blandings Castle, the Earl of Emsworth only cares about his prize pig 'The Empress' and is wilfully ignorant of the fact that his brother is planning to publish a book which might ruin the family name forever. Moreover, the Earl's nephew might cause the family some major damage by getting married to a terribly unsuitable chorus girl. Written by Anonymous

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English

Release Date:

18 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hace mal tiempo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Peter O'Toole and Bryan Pringle shared the final scene in David Leans Oscar-winning Lawrence of Arabia (1962). See more »

Goofs

The field forming the background for the main title 'Heavy Weather' shows a series of parallel tractor trails through the crops, the result of modern agricultural methods, not those of the 1930's. See more »

Quotes

Lady Constance Keeble: You realize we'll lose every friend we have?
The Hon. Galahad Threepwood: A small price to pay for giving the world a great work of literature.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, the last two credited members of the cast are the two pigs: Gertrude of Tiverton as The Empress of Blandings, and Alma-Rose of Iver as The Pride of Marchingham. See more »

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Perfect casting
27 November 2003 | by relizaSee all my reviews

Wodehouse's more eccentric characters are often notoriously difficult to render on screen, as witness David Niven's bland and lifeless Bertie Wooster. In Peter O'Toole and Richard Briers, however, we finally have the perfect renditions of the Earl of Emsworth and his younger brother, the Honourable Galahad Threepwood (respectively). It's clear that both actors spent a fair amount of time reading the Wodehouse stories to get their characters down, and it's paid off.

Wodehouse frequently describes the Earl as "dreamy," "lanky," "boneless" (in more ways than one), and, when visiting his prize pig, draping himself over the fence "like an old sock" or "an unused pair of overalls." He is also forgetful, placid, and inattentive. The Hon. Galahad, on the other hand, is small, dapper, quick witted, and inordinately fond of alcohol, bar maids, and chorus girls. If possible, the Hon. Galahad is even more difficult to render than the Earl. But in "Heavy Weather," O'Toole and Briers have brought them to life without making them either foolish or ridiculous. On first viewing it, I thought Briers was perfect but that O'Toole may have gone a bit overboard on the ninth Earl of Emsworth. So I re-read the Blandings Castle books and, no, O'Toole had it exactly right.

In short, "Heavy Weather" is a real gem that should be available on DVD and isn't. Petition the producers to release it and, in the meantime, try to catch it on your local PBS Masterpiece Theater. In the meantime, check out Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry as Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, another perfect pairing that is available on both VHS and DVD.


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